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Ellis Amdur

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Dueling with O-Sensei


O-Sensei was a martial artist and founder of the Japanese martial art of Aikido.  Amdur brought something new to martial arts writing – a startling honesty about the flaws, not only within martial arts culture, but also within its practitioners. Originally published in 2001, fully revised, with 8 new chapters, new photography.  53 b&w illus.





Paperback    £32.50
9781937439248 | Published: 2016
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Hidden in Plain Sight

Ellis Amdur's writing on martial arts is ground-breaking. Completely revised and very substantially expanded second edition. New material includes discussion of the transfer of esoteric power training from China to Japanese jujutsu systems, Japanese swordsmanship from the Kurama traditions, Daito-ryu and its most important offshoot, aikido.




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9781937439323 | Published: 2018
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Old School


This new, greatly expanded edition, brings readers inside the dojos of a number ancient schools of Japanese martial arts, providing details analysis of the evolution and morphology of uniquely Japanese weaponry, addressing the myth and reality of Japan's naginata-wielding warrior women, and discussing the modern relevance of the blood oaths, magical ritual and mysticism that often permeate the koryu. 125 b& w illustrations.





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9781937439163 | Published: 2014
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